Review: Summer Wars & High Wire – Split EP

The EP is set for release January 20th.

Split EPs are musical releases we’ve come to look forward to here in the underground scene. The idea that bands have taken the time to collaborate on something they’re both proud of is inspiring, and we love seeing the songs they come up with. Looking for another one to blast in your ear drums? Look no further than the most recent release from Summer Wars and High Wire.

Starting off the EP is Summer Wars with tracks ‘Something To Call My Own’ and ‘Tear Me Down’. The first is probably the EP’s best offering and it’s pretty easy to see why. It’s lead in is gradual, making the hairs on the back of your neck stand on edge, before breaking into an energetic and hook-driven track out finding a place to call home. It’s followed by ‘Tear Me Down’, which features a more traditional pop-punk sound. Guitar-driven, it’s a track any pop-punk fan will enjoy.

High Wire close out the EP with two tracks of their own. Starting off with ‘Back Bone’, they present hooks and melody that are reminiscent of ‘Something To Call My Own’ and bring about an As It Is vibe that listeners are sure to love. It’s insanely catchy and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone not singing along. It’s followed by the quick-paced ‘Nothing Left To Lose’, which again offers up a more traditional pop-punk sound that’s especially evident in the chorus. Don’t believe us? Listen to the chorus and you’ll find you agree.

Overall, this split is definitely one of the better ones we’ve heard in a while. Both Summer Wars and Hire Wire have created an EP they can both be proud of because it features their ability to make infectious pop-punk while still staying true to the genre. It’s a cohesive release that showcases their full potential, and we can’t wait to see what both bands release next.


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